How To Create an Alexa Skill

The Amazon Echo is quickly becoming a beloved gadget in the home. Recently, Amazon published a REST API to build your own Alexa Skill that can be made available to all Echo owners. The skill is what is used to interact with Alexa about a topic. It’s relatively easy to build your own and have it hosted in the cloud. This session will cover an introduction to the Echo and the current development environment for building skills. Then, we will use Node.js and AWS to build our own Alexa Skill. We can also cover an overview on building skills in other languages.

Rick Wargo

Rick Wargo is an innovative and cross-functional technology leader and architect with extensive experience in full lifecycle software development, data warehousing and analytics, business strategy, and process improvement in professional services, legal, and healthcare verticals. Rick played integral roles in developing, building, and delivering successful solution architectures in Microsoft and Open Source technologies leading up to 10x performance increases in execution and cost savings. He is currently serving as president of the Philadelphia Business Intelligence User Group. Rick is also an Alexa Champion. Find out more by visiting